Here’s how the trade breaks down:
Agreement in principle between Cavs, T'Wolves & 76ers. Known pieces of trade (not official until 12:01 am Sat): pic.twitter.com/IxUMu8aOHn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 22, 2014
The trade was thought to be between the Wolves and Cavs, with Minnesota then shipping Anthony Bennett to the 76ers. But apparently the organization thinks Bennett can rebound from a forgetful rookie season and be a core player alongside Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and current point guard Ricky Rubio.
“Minnesota was determined to keep the second-year forward to be a key piece in its rebuilding effort despite Bennett’s disappointing rookie season with Cleveland,” Stein reported.
Even though its the weekend, the trade can still sent to the league office. The only thing the deal will hinge on is whether or not all the players involved can pass a physical.
Assuming everything goes smoothly, expect a Wiggins/Bennett press conference in Minnesota on Tuesday.
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) August 21, 2014
While the Wolves will introduce their newest additions on Tuesday, there haven’t been any indications as to when Dan Gilbert and David Griffin will introduce Love to Cleveland.
Chicago was thought to be a team that could push the Cavs, but Derrick Rose‘s recent knee soreness with Team USA suggests it may take some time for the former MVP to play at the level he was at pre-injury.
What do you say? Is there a threat to the Cavs from within the Eastern Conference?